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Diagnosed with high level of cholesterol. Taking natrilix. Can Lipitor also be taken?

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my wife has been diagnosed with a high level of cholesterol, she is taking natrilix sr ,can she also take lipitor.
Posted Tue, 22 Oct 2013 in Cholesterol
Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, she can... But...

Detailed Answer:

Hi friend,
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There are subdivisions of cholesterol – LDL, HDL, non-HDL and so on.
LDL (& non-HDL) is bad cholesterol – lower, the better.
HDL is good cholesterol – higher, the better.
In the absence of any other risk factor 100 is ideal. In the presence of ischemia, 70 should be the aim.

     To keep weight to normal / even a little less
     To quit smoking, if she is a smoker
     To do regular EXERCISE – say walking or jogging - 30 minutes a day / at least 5 days in a week. Isometric exercise (like bull worker) is bad.
     Healthy FOOD is a must. Avoid saturated fats – coconut oil, palm oil, butter, ghee, full cream milk...Avoid junk foods in particular – French fries have palm oil / Pizza has cheese / Indian sweets are made in ghee.../ Change to Poly-un-saturated oil – like sun flower oil. / Include Mono-un-saturated oil – Olive oil.      Repeat the test in 6 weeks.
     Cholesterol can still be high, in spite of diet and exercise – you need drugs; Because it is also manufactured in the liver – and that is determined by heredity. Statin (Lipitor is atorvastatin) is the first choice. Some start it straight away.

Discuss with your doctor

Take care     
Wishing all well
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